Avast Defends Data Harvesting

Jazzy

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"Avast will explore "further changes" to its practice of selling users' browser histories to third-party companies. But in the meantime, the antivirus vendor will try to opt more users into the data-sharing, despite the privacy risks.

On Tuesday, the company published a blog post in response to a PCMag-Motherboard investigation into how Avast's free antivirus products can expose your website clicks to corporations and market research companies.

Avast defended the data collection as entirely legal. In addition, the company is pressing forward on serving a pop-up window to existing users that'll ask them to agree to the browser history harvesting."

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I was going to download this today but after reading the article, I'm not so sure about this.

What are your thoughts about them doing this?
 

DrLeftover

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That's how a lot of "free service/software" companies pay to keep their lights on.


Avast just got caught.
 
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